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Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/2/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (58-76) at Seattle Mariners (67-68)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Jharel Cotton (7-10) (5.48) vs. Y Gallardo (5-10) (5.78)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -125 / Oakland Athletics +115 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NSCA, RTNW

The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Oakland Athletics look to play spoiler while snapping a four-game losing streak. The Athletics have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost nine of their last 12 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 129 hits and 50 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 240 hits and 162 RBI. Jharel Cotton gets the ball, and he is 7-10 with a 5.40 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. Cotton is 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners. 

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/2/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners also need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Mariners have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Seattle Mariners have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Robinson Cano leads the Mariners with 131 hits and 78 RBI while Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura have combined for 260 hits and 138 RBI. Yovani Gallardo gets the ball, and he is 5-10 with a 5.78 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. Gallardo is 2-5 with a 4.39 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 28-58 in their last 86 vs. American League West and 18-42 in their last 60 road games. The Mariners are 7-16 in their last 23 Saturday games, 3-7 in Gallardos last 10 home starts and 1-4 in Gallardos last 5 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The Mariners need to start winning some games if they're going to stay in the playoff race, and this is the perfect series to do so against an Oakland squad that's not good on the road. While Cotton has been a far better pitcher on the road this season than at home, the Mariners have hit him well. Gallardo has also played the A's well in four games against them this season. I like the M's at home and the cheap price.

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